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03-27-2008, 03:21 PM
Daniel Bayona is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/view_entries.php?challenger=14934)

Latest Update: Final Image: Love is in the air
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03-27-2008, 03:36 PM
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for now just an ugly sketch of two jet-packs in love!

03-28-2008, 11:52 AM
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for now just an ugly sketch of two jet-packs in love!

03-29-2008, 01:22 AM
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basic comp

03-30-2008, 05:21 PM
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working on the guys. maybe i totally remove them. dont know yet.

03-30-2008, 05:33 PM
Impressive scene, simply yet striking. Not quite sure what's going on, though :)

03-30-2008, 05:38 PM
damn. i just post on yours at the same time!

Still not figure out myself . is about the kiss. but is getting lost .

Any suggestions?


03-30-2008, 05:40 PM
Maybe show a couple more guys in the air - show the alien jet-packs actually working so we can see they're acting as functional "machinery" as well as being individual aliens. Just an idea :)

03-30-2008, 05:46 PM
good idea. im out for today. tomorrow i'll work on that .

Thanks for your comments and time.

03-30-2008, 10:25 PM
Hey there Daniel, hows stuff over in S'pore? Good to see you entered the challenge. This is so quirky and typical of your humor, lol. I really like the colourscheme here but I didn't understand what kiss you were talking about until I really scrutinized the image and saw the backpacks. Maybe you should frame them a bit closer? Good stuff man, keep it up!


03-30-2008, 10:34 PM
I really like the look of this, love the colours very calming.

I will admit however that I did not see the kiss until I read the thread. The idea of them flying sounds better, perhaps they could be pulling the guys off course in an attempt to quell their desires :D

Look forward to more.

03-30-2008, 11:59 PM
Thanks for your comments guys. I'll try to make it clearer!

WIRO!!! nice to hear about you!! Spore is same thing, a lot more people,, no memory . just finished two shows!. how is London?

03-31-2008, 04:44 PM
Wow!!!i Love it, great idea, i will looking forward the development of the image.

Good Luck.

03-31-2008, 05:22 PM
sweet deal. this image rocks. if you dont mind my 2 cents i would say introduce some thing in the top left corner. maybe like simon suggested some guy on a jet pack...

but yea it needs something there. clouds planet or anything.

03-31-2008, 05:36 PM
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thanks to some of the guys feedback we are on a better track now. not too much change for now but definitely better future.

keep commenting!

03-31-2008, 05:41 PM
Thanks ICHOMa . a ver como queda!

And SLAV. sure i'll put something in that left corner. some sort of cloud + the guy flying. maybe he can be carrying some balloons or something ..

And the kiss. i have to find some time for that kiss.

My wacom just started to die in some areas.DA?MN!!#$%!

03-31-2008, 06:14 PM
Cool stuff :) Weird and funny! :thumbsup:

03-31-2008, 07:32 PM
It's a very good idea! I love this style and this univers!

I am eager to see more !!
Good luck!...

03-31-2008, 09:01 PM
That looks better, very nice work so far! :)

04-01-2008, 12:45 AM
Nice stuff there, Daniel! The concept of the jet packs being aliens are intriguing and hilarious at the same time. Try to have more depth among the humans, place one closer to the foreground, perhaps? most of them look about the same size, so the composition looks a little boring. How about making the alien look a fatter, so we can know where all the 'jet' is coming from :)

I'll wait to see where you are going in this direction. All the best and have fun!

04-01-2008, 09:31 AM
Great work, really promising ! I like your palette too. Keep it up ! :)

04-01-2008, 12:12 PM
Great idea wish I'd thought of that. Good luck!

04-01-2008, 12:31 PM
One of my favourite images, even at concept stage.Any image that is strikingly original will resonate with me..kissing jet packs, a novel idea :)


04-01-2008, 01:20 PM
thanks agaIn for all your comments guys. my duty to pass by your work and add some input. i'll find the time . for now i hope to advance a bit taking your feedback as well.


04-01-2008, 08:04 PM
hey this looks interesting :thumbsup:


04-01-2008, 11:13 PM
Daniel, if you do not mind, I want to tell you that may be is not a good idea to put the human in the bak ward plano, tha one is hier in the air, I do not know, but something I do not like it about it.


04-01-2008, 11:55 PM
Thanks Squibbit !

Ichoma: you mean the sketch of the guy flying on the top left? or the other one on the right?

04-02-2008, 03:56 AM
Lovely! Beautiful!

Yeah, I told you already about the aliens not being so obvious.

Keep on rocking mofo!

04-02-2008, 09:43 AM
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Just some ideas and new paint work. notes of toDO's .

What do you think??

I know. i have to work on that kiss!

any comments are more than welcome!

04-02-2008, 12:56 PM
one of the coolest image here around! The idea is great too! keep it up! :thumbsup: :scream: :buttrock:

04-02-2008, 01:20 PM
yay! this is wicked :D

ace work.

04-02-2008, 09:02 PM
hello chimbolaneo... bery nice colour pallette over here and awesome weird idea i really like the overall ! my only suggestion is more about the background ships composition i think the main one just in the middle should be better a bit on the side left or right ...maybe left...also u can maybe try to scale it more bigger like 3 times bigger that can bring easily more depth to the image...
o sino bien bacano los colores!

04-02-2008, 09:09 PM
Great annotaitions, I think you are right.

The Color palette is nice, a little darker in the back where the rockets are could produce a more dramatic feeling.

04-03-2008, 05:43 AM
i'll try all the talked but will be slowly . my wacom died last night after a long agony. Now i have to do it the office. damn!

Thanks for the comments guys. keep doing your stuff as well!

04-03-2008, 09:28 AM
Just some ideas and new paint work. notes of toDO's .

What do you think??

I know. i have to work on that kiss!
Do you really need the kiss? I mean... Do you think it adds something important to the story? Or is just a side detail that gives a bit of flavour...?

So far it's just beautiful. The only thing "unsolved" is the creatures having more importance I think.

04-03-2008, 02:52 PM
the guy in the top left is now working to make the image a bit too humorous. i kind of saw your peice a bit more serious but i donno man. you can make it work either way!

04-03-2008, 04:51 PM
I love the subtle colours in this and the simple design of the spacecraft! the style you adopt for the humans is cool too! Excellent idea and vision.

04-05-2008, 11:39 AM
Slav. Agree with you . if the guy is rolling in a funny way it can affect the general mood.

i think im gonna just change the pose but keep the guy

Andy--jones. Thanks man. means a lot in these times of "spectacular" styles. glad you liked! :)

04-08-2008, 04:16 PM
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not too much new stuff but at least a couple of brush strokes to keep on the loupe.
still have to work on that kiss.

04-08-2008, 04:20 PM
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detail . any ideas are welcome. !!!

04-08-2008, 06:59 PM
infact the idea is very nice i like the whole concept ... maybe some more details on the aliens !!? .. maybe the sky ? .. keep it up

04-09-2008, 01:13 AM
Hi Daniel, I'm liking the overal colour palette! I still feel the aliens are too flat looking, like they don't have any 'jet fuels' in them. Just a personal opinion but nothing major. Are you going to add some clouds in the sky later? Hmmm.. i think the jet stream could use a bit more oomph! :)

Rock on!

04-09-2008, 04:30 AM
Terrific concept! You're piece really makes me smile - so many fun elements!

One element, however, that doesn't really add anything to the painting is the guy in the upper left. You had a question mark pointing at him earlier, as if he was "up in the air," so to speak :) Anyhow, compositionally, he doesn't add anything, I think you would be better off skipping him. (Less work, too!)

Good luck!

04-09-2008, 12:27 PM
thanks for the feedback guys!

one by one

late answer..in fact is all about the kiss.. i cant take that out. i need to make it more obvious . working on that. it has to be lovely! i find hard to make it look like an effort!

nightwoodwolf and jerome:
indeed the aliens need some re-thinking. more volume and some sort of pattern .. still no idea . and i don't know if fatter will help. or it should?
i'll do some separate concepts for those guys.

Thanks man. if this paint makes someone smile i think thats mission accomplish for me.
And you right about the guy, still is just a place holder for a comp balance. it can be anything !

.. and ideas are more than welcome.

maybe a huge one in a front plane ?

another space ship?

or just cropping somehow ?

ohh. i have to stop playing COD4 if i want to finish this!


9 of april . A dark day


04-09-2008, 01:40 PM
Haha, that's one great concept. I really love it. :bounce:

Good luck with the challenge.


04-11-2008, 03:29 AM
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what do you think about the purple light in the aliens body? some say crappy over here/

04-11-2008, 05:03 AM
If I'm reading this image right the aliens are being "harvested" and two of them are lovers or something and trying to get in a goodbye kiss?

LOL that's great!

04-11-2008, 06:57 AM
I like the purple glowing lights. It makes the aliens more extraterrestrial and they grabbing more the eye. One small thing: I feel still the guys a bit flat. Maybe some highlights-shadows would add more plasticity, three-dimensional quality.

So, my general advice is: start over from scratch!
Just kidding.

I like the color space and the background very much!

No bad man, no bad. :buttrock:

04-11-2008, 12:47 PM
Still one of the best for me.
The purple add colour deepness and make my eyes look directly to that area of the image.
Now the relationship between aliens is more clear.JOB DONE! KEEP IT UP!:buttrock:

04-11-2008, 01:18 PM
Cool image!! I like the purple colour on the aliens it adds some dimensionality (don't ask me what kind of lol).

Good luck in the contest!



04-11-2008, 01:20 PM
Great concept...
Best luck...

04-11-2008, 01:23 PM
i like your Aliens :)
Good luck guy!

04-11-2008, 01:40 PM
Everything looks smart, and the idea of organic-harvested jetpacks is awesome! Great pic indeed...

04-15-2008, 04:15 PM
really love this one...funny with very nice colors. I love especially that this image isn't the "wow, look at this huge beast or giant shining ship " but is ":)))))))))))" also I like the spaceship design very much

for me, it is quite readeable but a bit confusing is that for example the man who has already one jetpack on his back is harvesting another one...but on the picture every person have just one alien and there also isn't (for example) a pile of harvested aliens ...I don't read this image as harvesting of aliens but rather: some guys are picking alienpacks and just enjoying flying and when the alien runs out of his gas they pick another one a the fun continues...but for this explanation of image I miss something like empty aliens or a guy whos alien is running out of gas or something like this;)

anyway great image, good luck (and sorry for my English but I found your image worth trying to write a bit:)

04-16-2008, 12:55 PM
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finally some work done. several issues improved after feedback but more to come.

Still have to work on the guys contrast and the upper left section ..something has to go there still dont figure it out.

Any ideas are welcome!!

04-16-2008, 01:04 PM
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Just a detail of the ground. i was thinking in adding some sort of "coral" type of plants on the rocks ..but maybe would be too much.

btw . my uploaded image looks less saturated that my actual work file. Im saving it with SRGB but still and it doesn't fix it. does anyone here have the same issue?

04-16-2008, 01:18 PM
Gnomeish, Piktor ..thanks guys, thats the lecture i hope people get.

OZ, damn you keep me up with this paint with your comment. really apreciate :thumbsup:

HornlessUnicorn, Giokr-2027, CartoonBox, harachte,.. thanks as well to take your time and comment, hope to see your input again!

al-ash, Dude! i really appreciate your long post. the fact that the paint itself gives to different lectures makes me happy. indeed is not a beast or a knight throwing tunders from his ...and cool you noticed that quality anti-wow. Sounds good idea to add a guy falling with the yetpack alien in his last. no sure what to do with guy harvesting. .for now i leave it like his just doing it for others. :)

Thanks all!

04-16-2008, 03:38 PM
Love the new WIP. The ground looks cool. Like your brushwork a lot. Looks edgy and sharp.

Overall a very funny and cool concept and it's getting better and better :)


04-16-2008, 04:32 PM
Hey Daniel, the stream of jet smoke in front of the right guy doesn't seem right. Maybe you can try putting that behind instead?

I suggest upping the general contrast of the whole.

This style is looking cute and nice! Keep it up, Bayona!

04-16-2008, 05:25 PM
No idea on the issue you´re having. I´ll try to correct the values so it looks a bit more contrasted, that's all.
For the lef upper part, some space haze and planets shapes maybe, to cut out the foreground a bit more? not very original but...

04-17-2008, 08:42 AM
I really like what you're doing here Daniel, so much to enjoy. Just little things like the snouts coming out the ground and the two aliens looking at each other as they're strapped to the backs of a couple of blokes - love it! I like that you're detailing your rocks and foreground too, it's touches like that which are real pleasure to behold :)

04-17-2008, 03:02 PM
i really like thecolor balance ..i wouldn't make it more contrast i think the level right now gives a very original mood and suites perfectly with this love story i will just maybe add another alien jetpack comin from the ground in the right side of the image cause theres a dude lookin for something.. also for the others aliens in the ground in the left side i would try differents colors more like a flowers keep goin chimbolanio!!

04-17-2008, 04:11 PM

awesome, nice mood, and really cool style. Funny concept too. That's simply great!

Good luck man! :)

04-17-2008, 09:35 PM
Hi Daniel,
Very funny idea and very good colors. The last update of ground detail looks really great.


Chapo con el beso alienigena.
Keep it up, ya te queda poco.

04-18-2008, 02:49 AM
so nice! light and funky!

04-18-2008, 08:58 AM
Happy to help!;) he he...seriously...you did a brilliant work that i loved a lot.
I noticed a little thing that may be something cool or an issue..is a metter of taste i think.
anyway,in my opinion,u did a so good work on the alien lovers that, the gas effect of the spaceman Flying put the the alien couple in a sort of "second plane". Is just a personal
perception. anyway...is one of the best works here around.


04-28-2008, 12:23 AM
I can't believe I've missed this entry... The alien jetpacks are brilliant, good job! Felicitaciones Daniel.

04-28-2008, 12:32 AM
Hey Bayona! Some updates please!

Stop playing Call of Duty 4 in the office! :D

Deadline is near. Chop Chop!

05-02-2008, 04:01 PM
jajaja Jerome . you absolutely right . i have to stop playing that damn game .. And YOU too!

Thanks guys for the latest comments and sorry to be away so long . I'll finish this thing I promise!

"Drop shadows no Bombs" :thumbsup:

05-06-2008, 06:05 PM
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almost done ..no much time to keep looping around this . i'll try to fix small details ..so your feedback is more than welcome ..!

05-06-2008, 06:20 PM
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just a detail

05-07-2008, 04:47 AM
chilombiano, this is lookin great. Love the atmoshpere. Nice colors. Interesting concept.

Good job!

05-07-2008, 05:17 AM
i'm with winchester! me especially like the aliens' eye contact :D so very cute! :love:

05-07-2008, 05:50 AM
This is really cool, has a great playful and fun feeling.

The way the 2 alien were making eye contact make me laugh. Excellent colouring as well.

Great stuff :)

05-07-2008, 06:26 AM
Hi Daniel - very nice lighting - I really enjoy your subtle pastel colour palette. Its very refreshing! :thumbsup: Your concept works well here - also light and refreshing. You have to finish this now! :wip: Good luck.

05-07-2008, 07:23 AM
Hey Daniel, your image looks simple great!! I like a lot your concept, cool!! And the palette for your image works really well. Great atmospher on the whole image! Again, awesome work!! Cheers mate! :beer:

05-07-2008, 12:30 PM
Very imaginitive - has a "Hichthiker's Guide" feel to it :) A lot of fun to "digest" here :)

Thumbs up!



05-07-2008, 12:50 PM
Nice progress Daniel. The background looks very otherworldly cheerful! :D I feel like pulling out the alien from the ground, put it on and fly around the vast wondrous space in the sky!

Try adding more subtle hints of clouds in the sky? Not sure about the 'canvas texture' you are using. It seems to be flowing in just one direction, driving my eyes out of the picture.

Just a very beautiful piece of work, colour palette especially!

05-10-2008, 04:42 PM
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in fact just the signature.

05-10-2008, 04:44 PM
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the kiss . to finish

05-10-2008, 05:25 PM
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I was trying to show i bit more o a critical type of relationship between humans and aliens. knowing us we probably will end taking advantage of them ..maybe. From their point of view even if their world is all screw up by us there is always a chance for a furtive kiss, a romantic second under the light of cosmic gases burning human spaceships trough the universe .. or a touch. Thats why humans are kind of neutral like almost part of the landscape.

I tried a Color and style that calls back a bit that old and even melancholic mood of bad printed sci-fi 50's magazines.

thanks all the guys for the comments and mostly the guys i never answer back ...

anyway. glad i finished at all.

05-10-2008, 07:47 PM
Excelent work, i like the illumination and color details in all the characters :thumbsup: Great!

05-10-2008, 08:03 PM
gracias mano , Ojala usted tambien termine a tiempo!

05-10-2008, 08:25 PM
you image is the complete reverse of mine....lol

even tho i have no real faith in the human race
im still holding out for the hope that an image that yours is showiwing
may came to me soon......

your image is fun and beautiful...realyyy thats haw life should be
man your lighting is soft and sweet

im drunk....painting time...

05-10-2008, 08:27 PM
bery bery nice !!quedo bien aspero! i mean..de lujo!

05-10-2008, 08:32 PM
I was just physically ROFLMAOing myself sensless when I finally saw your image. Had scrolled past it a few times earlier but without being caught by the thumb. What a mistake. Hilarious image... and a beautiful painting. Reminds me of Plymptoons, or the work of Pizarro.
You've got a great imagination and a good drawing hand to back it up with!

05-10-2008, 10:15 PM
Daniel Congrats! You finish! yay! Super comicaaa!:scream:

I loved the final detail I must say it took me like 5 seconds to get realize what in the world were those jets? And then I saw they were aliens and I crack my self with laugh! hahaha! Great to see this imagination and good sense of humour!:lightbulb

I can only hope for the best! And good luck, I like it so much!;)

05-11-2008, 01:17 AM
Hola Daniel
Finaly u get a very nice image. I like the final sky texture.
Buen trabajao.http://forums.cgsociety.org/images/icons/icon13.gif
Cheers mate

05-11-2008, 03:13 AM
Congratulations, Daniel! A charming piece of work that makes you smile!

05-11-2008, 03:25 AM
lol, this is cute ^^, and the color's beautiful!

05-11-2008, 04:31 AM
Discovering your work . I like your pastel color Good Luck

05-11-2008, 11:01 AM
Hey Daniel, congrats to the final image! I like the atmosphere and now I see the kiss is "working", understandable and I guess the message as well. Good to see you finished the picture. Fingers crossing!!! :buttrock:

05-11-2008, 04:40 PM
sweet final. good luck! now i need to go work on my own entry. 1 day left... just about.

05-12-2008, 01:00 AM
Hah! Lovely of course, nothing new here. Except that the smoke or whatever you call it that comes from the flying guy seems like it is hitting the other guy's head.

Did you got my email? I think I'll have to go to a Virgin megastore for the dvds :P

Gimme da list!

Love this city. Kiss kiss.

Richard Bartrop
05-14-2008, 04:56 AM
A beautiful piece. Reminds me of John Scheonherr's covers for Analog.

Uplift (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=235&t=616875)

05-14-2008, 05:32 AM
Hi Daniel!

Well done for your final, really original mood and style. The color and concept are really nice.
That's nice to see something different but who works too in this challenge.

You should be really proud of it!

All the best!


05-14-2008, 10:12 AM
love this image. best of luck,


05-16-2008, 02:43 PM
Have been visiting and looking at this beauty before, only now commenting. Your work is, for me, sharing the narrow peak of this competition with few others. The image is so serene, pleasing to the eye and amusing. I'm loving the illustrative style and especially the colors. Good idea behind it all, too. Thank you for creating something this lovely and good luck!

05-16-2008, 10:55 PM
the results for this competition is just unbelievably diverse..this is just so unique..i'm stunned..Been a great comp for originality!!!

Great work

should be damn proud of this effort


05-17-2008, 08:26 AM
hahaha....incredible concept...fascinating...great, that is absolutely unique piece of art, i like that image...hih..so many kind of interactions represented in such simple way ..congratulations and good luck with the judging.

05-17-2008, 08:51 AM
Very funny and cute :] It is just fantastic.

05-17-2008, 10:16 AM
I like the surrealism of some Moebius works feel here.very good illustration

05-17-2008, 02:17 PM
I like the surrealism of some Moebius works feel here.very good illustration
i totally agree about the Moebius works feel. and your pic has it since the very first color version you posted.
Great feeling and good luck whith the judges :)

06-09-2008, 01:12 PM
I like this style! Nice colors, and nice scene... =)

06-12-2008, 03:28 PM
Hey guys. Thanks for latest comments. sorry not to reply but kind of busy lately at work! .
Good luck all wit you paint. Hope to show up more often in the future! /

THANKS for the support and feedback!


06-13-2008, 12:35 PM
Just to let you know this was in my personal top 3 - brilliant work

06-13-2008, 02:29 PM
Hey Simon! .thanks for that man. Means a lot coming from you.
it was a good feeling to do some relaxing illustration work free of the restrictions of hollywood photorealistic-generic-boring crap i usually have to do. ..there you go. now i feel better!



07-11-2008, 12:18 PM
So you won the Digital Painting award! - nice job, I knew they wouldn't overlook this one! :applause:

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